Susteon has been selected for an award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to develop a bench-scale system for direct air capture (DAC) of CO2 from the atmosphere.
From the DOE funding announcement (06/15/2021):
“‘Across the U.S., in states like Arizona and North Carolina, brilliant innovators are developing Direct Air Capture technologies that can extract carbon dioxide straight out of the air,’ said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. ‘These DOE investments, and the ones we will make with President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, are crucial to advancing technology that will help us avoid the worst effects of climate change and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.'”
Susteon’s novel structured material system for DAC relies upon inexpensive, alkali-based sorbents and renewable electricity to remove CO2 directly from air, in a low-temperature process. Additionally, the system does not require new manufacturing methods or the creation of special supply chains. The focus of the awarded project will be to advance the technology readiness level (TRL) of Susteon’s DAC technology from the current TRL 3 to TRL 4, to justify its scale-up and pilot test in a subsequent program.